Application year: 

Senior, Entering Graduate, Graduate


Extraordinary intellectual distinction is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for election to a Rhodes Scholarship. Selection committees are charged to seek excellence in qualities of mind and in qualities of person, which in combination, offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead. The Rhodes Scholarships are investments in individuals rather than in project proposals. Accordingly, applications are sought from talented students without restriction as to their field of academic specialization or career plans although the proposed course of study must be available at Oxford, and the applicant’s undergraduate program must provide a sufficient basis for study in the proposed field.

Watch a video with Rhodes House Warden, Dr. Elizabeth Kiss, recorded by our colleagues with the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies.

Signature of program: 

Graduate study at Oxford University


An applicant must: • For the US process, be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or DACA recipient* • There are Rhodes Scholarships for all other citizenships. • By October 1 of the year of application, be at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age. • Have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before October 1 of the year of application. *Note: If you are an international student, please be in touch with NCS-OUSF if you would like to apply in another country.

Amount of award: 

All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees are paid. Each scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations as well as the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford.





Endorsement Required: 





The Rhodes Scholarship requires an institutional endorsement from Duke.  In order to receive the endorsement you must meet the campus deadline of August 3, 2020.

Campus deadline: 

August 3, 2020

Deadlines begin in the spring.  All applicants must submit a complete application by the campus deadline for consideration.

International students are often on an accelerated final timeline. Therefore the complete application is due on campus is May 3 2020.  See the Process PDFs for US-citizens and citizens of other countries to the left for full details.

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